Thursday, October 21, 2010

How low can she go?

In an election season where everyone is running against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) -- including members of her own party -- Madame Speaker's ratings have collapsed and are so buried that even the rescued Chilean miners have given up on her.

Pelosi's Favorable Rating as Speaker Drops to 29%, a New Low: Nearly 6 in 10 independents now view her unfavorably

PRINCETON, NJ -- Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's favorable rating is down seven percentage points since May to 29%, a new low for her since assuming the top congressional post...Pelosi's image has gone from bad to worse in recent months, with independents, in particular, growing more critical of her. Her resulting 2-to-1 negative to positive image presents a challenge for congressional Democrats as they try to convince voters to send them back to Washington for another term. While President Obama may be of some benefit on the campaign trail in terms of firing up the Democratic base to turn out, Pelosi's subdued favorability among Democrats and highly negative image among independents suggest she is a far riskier person for Democratic candidates to be associated with -- something Republicans who are using her in ads against their opponents have already concluded.

Well, she did say she was going to "drain the swamp."

Late add/bonus: This quote just in from Ms. Pelosi - ""Let me tell you right here and now that I would rather be in our position right now than theirs." From an interview with Charlie Rose, arguing that it will be tougher than it looks for Republicans to gain 39 net seats in the House to take control. (h/t: Political Wire) I guess every generation has its Gen. George "Don't Take Any Prisoners!" Custer.

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